Washington released 40-year-old Jamey Carroll, who was competing for the utility infielder job on a minor-league contract.
Carroll looked just about done for the Twins and Royals last season, hitting .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games while struggling to control the strike zone for the first time in his career. He’s also no longer really a legitimate option defensively at shortstop, which makes him ill-suited for a true utility man role.
However, assuming that he wants to keep playing at age 40 there should be some team that likes Carroll’s veteran-ness enough to give him a look. Back in January he reportedly had multiple offers before deciding on the Nationals.
George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner are back together on a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The deal includes a second year option worth $20 million.
Gardner, 36, is coming off of the strongest offensive season of his career, batting .251/.325/.503 with 28 home runs, 74 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases over 550 plate appearances. While he has certainly lost a step or two with age, he still rates as an above-average defensive corner outfielder as well.
As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, the Yankees also value Gardner — a veteran of 12 seasons — for his leadership, especially with CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius gone.
Bringing Gardner back into the fold allows Giancarlo Stanton to remain the full-time DH. Gardner will return to left field with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge reprising their roles in center and right, respectively.